Originally Posted by Josh Z
Other crappy actors known for mainly just playing versions of themselves on screen:
What a bunch of horrible, no-talent hacks that nobody would ever want to watch in a movie, right?
Okay I'll play. And before anyone gets too defensive, this is of course just my
Cary Grant- Had personality to go with supernatural good looks. Was the perfect combination of polished English gentleman with a likable cockney inner core. A man we all hold on a pedestal because he's someone we would aspire to be like. And he made his share of movies that are considered classics.
Jimmy Stewart- Yeah, he had mannerisms. Mannerism's that could adapt to a number of disparate characters. The post war years gave him an edge that only made him better. Demons for better or worse can do that to a man, and for Stewart, it only made him more interesting. He was always likable either way, playing light or dark. And he has a great film resume.
Clark Gable- A mans man for an actor. Not the best "actor" in any sense, but commanded the screen. Not as high a batting average as far as classic movies as some on this list, but the few he's instantly remembered for are held in such high regard, he'll always be in the conversation of greatest "movie stars."
Henry Fonda- If you do something well, there are worse things than getting typecast as the stalwart voice of reason. But he did have screen presence, and when allowed to stretch his acting legs, like in OUATITW, he really showed that he could play anything.
Gary Cooper- Not a great actor, but a great movie star. He knew the limits of his range, and never overreached himself. Being blessed with good looks didn't hurt him any.
Paul Newman- Good looks and charisma can gloss over a lot of deficiencies. I'm probably in the minority, but I never thought he was all that great of an actor, although there are movies of his that I enjoy. I thought he got better with age, however. Regardless of what I may personally think, his catalog is considered strong.
Robert Redford- Oh boy. This guy (along with Warren Beatty), is one of the one's I just can't figure out. Good looks, a faithful female fan base, and the right politics can carry you far in Hollywood, I suppose. And honestly, the guys resume has a lot of popular (especially for their time) movies, but how many of them are really considered classics
Jack Nicholson- Early on, the greatest combination "actor" and "movie star" there ever was. Later on became a parody of himself, but still has his moments. Too bad the general public prefers the over the top, cartoon Jack to the more serious Jack of old. Plenty of good stuff on his resume.